Historical Markers in
Hudson County, New Jersey

77 River Street An Gorta Mor Baseball Bayonne Bridge Bayonne Terrorist Victims Bergen Neck Fort Black Tom Explosion Blakeslee Route Central Railroad of NJ Employees Changes in the Land Changes in the Land Civil War Monument Communipaw and Lafayette Death Rock of Alexander Hamilton Eldorado Amusement Park Elysian Fields Empty Sky: New Jersey Explosion at Liberty! Farrier Memorial First Federated Church Francis Albert Sinatra Birthplace Highwood Hoboken 9/11 Memorial Hoboken Docks Fire Memorial Hoboken World War II Memorial Honoring the Life of Kenneth Joseph Tarantino Hudson River Bridge Cornerstone Iraqi Freedom Jack Roosevelt Robinson James J. Braddock Jane Tuers Jersey City Civil War Memorial Korean War Kwanzan Cherry Tree LCpl Osbrany Montes de Oca Bridge Liberation Lincoln Park Major General Philip Kearny Maxwell House Coffee Plant Mercer Park Monument to the Struggle Against World Terrorism Morris Pesin’s Legendary Canoe Trip Which Launched Liberty State Park Mystic Lincoln Naters Memorial Park New York Yacht Club Newport North Bergen World War I Memorial Old Bergen Church Paul J. Costello Memorial Bocce Court Paulus Hook Persian Gulf War Peter Stuyvesant Pietro di Donato Port Jersey Peninsula Preserve Prisoner of War Memorial Route 7 Bridge Rt. Rev. Msgr. Roger A. McGinley Scottish American Monument Secaucus 9/11 Memorial Secaucus War Memorial Secaucus World War II Memorial Sergeant William Fesken Memorial Field Stephen Foster House Stephen R. Gregg / Bayonne Park Stevens Institute of Technology Tear of Grief The Bridge of Nations The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal The Hamilton-Burr Duel The Historic Trilogy The Historic Trilogy The Hudson School The Salt Marsh Tribute to the Soldiers of New Jersey U.S.S. Maine Memorial U.S.S. Maine Memorial United States Air Force United States Army United States Coast Guard United States Marine Corps United States Navy V.F.W. Post 2648 Veterans Monument Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vietnam War Volunteers of the Army and Navy Wallace Glen Weehawken Dueling Grounds Weehawken Korea and Vietnam Memorial Weehawken: Gateway to New York World War I World War I Embarkation Memorial World War II World War II Memorial
The first drive-in bank in the United States opened in New Jersey in 1930. The concept quickly caught on and drive-through banking became a popular convenience across the country.
Hudson County, located in the northeastern part of New Jersey, has a rich and diverse history that dates back centuries. The area was initially inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans before the arrival of European settlers. In the early 17th century, Dutch traders established the settlement of Bergen, making it one of the earliest permanent European settlements in the region.

During the American Revolutionary War, Hudson County played a strategic role due to its location near New York City. It was the site of several skirmishes and was occupied by both American and British forces at various times. After the war, the county experienced rapid industrialization and urban development, fueled by the growth of the shipping, manufacturing, and trade industries.

In the mid-19th century, waves of immigrants, including Irish, German, and Italian, came to Hudson County, seeking employment in the burgeoning industries. This immigration wave, coupled with the industrial boom, led to the establishment of vibrant ethnic neighborhoods and a diverse cultural landscape that continues to this day.

In the 20th century, Hudson County faced numerous challenges but also experienced periods of growth and transformation. The area saw waves of immigration from Eastern Europe and Latin America, contributing to its cultural diversity. Over the years, the county underwent revitalization efforts to attract investments, improve infrastructure, and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

Today, Hudson County is a vibrant and dynamic community, known for its bustling cities, diverse population, and proximity to New York City. It continues to evolve and thrive, blending its rich history with modern urban life.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Hudson County, New Jersey.

  • 1600s - Hudson County was originally inhabited by the Lenape Native American tribe
  • 1609 - Henry Hudson sails past the area while exploring the Hudson River
  • 1660 - Dutch settlers establish the village of Bergen, the first permanent European settlement in the area
  • 1664 - The British take control of the area from the Dutch and rename Bergen to Bergen Township
  • 1776 - During the American Revolution, British forces occupy Hudson County
  • 1804 - Jersey City is established as a town, named after the nearby state of New Jersey
  • 1840s - Industrialization begins in Hudson County, with the opening of factories and shipyards
  • 1861-1865 - Many residents of Hudson County fight in the American Civil War
  • 1870 - Hudson County becomes an important transportation hub with the completion of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad
  • 1908 - Construction of the Holland Tunnel begins, connecting Hudson County to New York City
  • 1916 - The Black Tom explosion occurs in Jersey City, an act of sabotage during World War I
  • 1960s - Urban renewal projects lead to the construction of new residential and commercial buildings
  • 1982 - The County of Hudson is officially established